Friday, December 2, 2016

Principal's Message

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

The highlight of my week was the visit to the the pop up Arts exhibition. The Arts Faculty showcased stunning examples of music, digital art, sculpture, painting and drama captured on video. Thank you to Mrs Plunkett for having the vision to allow such amazing talent to emerge and flourish.
On Wednesday evening the Board of Trustees took a tour of the campus starting with the exhibition. They would like to formally congratulate the students on the creativity and quality of their work.

Following their visit to the exhibition, they looked at a number of other projects being undertaken around the College. These included the refurbishing of the top quad classrooms, the food room, and the newly commissioned weights room. They also discussed the redevelopment of the sand turf which now has reached the end of it's viable life. The Board later initiated the planning phase for a revamp of the turf area. We look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge from this project.

Finally I wish all the staff and students involved in camps and activity week, safe travel and hope that the weather is stable. Thank you to Mr Colins and Mr Nyika for the hours of planing and preparation that has gone into the camps and retreat. Thank you also to Ms Walshe and her team for the huge effort that has gone into the development of the Year 9 programme.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weights Session

Mr Fowler took the hostel boys to the new weights room for a fitness session after school yesterday.  With the variety of equipment on offer and spacious areas it was enjoyed by all of the boys. 

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Year 9 students have been busy making Advent Calendars during Religious Studies class in preparation for Christmas. Sally Xie, Alyssa Colina, Sarah Jones, Ellen Swanson, and Lucy Hitchcock are happy to deliver their calendars to Glynis Kappely of Oamaru hospital.
The idea is to have the calendars available to children who may be confined to a hospital bed over the Advent and Christmas season. There are no children stuck in the Oamaru hospital but the staff there say presents from highschool students can often be a great boost for patients and their families in the Christmas Season.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Junior Arts Exhibition

Over the past week or so a group of Y10 students have been creating a 'pop up' Arts exhibition - A Year In Motion - which opened in the Library today.  Along with live music, there was a wide selection of photography, graphics work, film work, paintings and sculptures on display, and according to comments from those who joined us it was an incredibly successful event!  Well done to all the curators!!!
A Year In Motion is open to view during morning interval and lunchtime tomorrow - Thursday 1 December.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beach Trip

The hostel boys took a trip to the beach on Sunday, exploring around the Kakanui and Campbell's Bay area.  What a great way to unwind before the end of the school term.

Graduation Dinner

On Saturday evening our Graduating Class for 2016 gathered together for one last time, as they were joined by staff and family for the traditional Graduation Dinner at The Manor.  Guest speakers for the evening were past pupils of the College, Christian and Summer Robinson.  After their own graduation in 2005 Summer studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Christian a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.  They spoke about their journey into the world beyond school and challenged students to list their own goals and the things that are important to them, and to look at how the two lists relate with one another.

In a lighthearted part of the evening our Top Six presented SKC Scrolls to each of the Graduates, with much hilarity and laughter!   Thank you to Mr Nyika and his team for organising the evening and to our Graduates .... all the very best with your future paths, don't forget to come and visit!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hostel Farewell Seniors

As seniors come towards the end of their NCEA examinations, the hostel girls took an evening out for some fun when they farewelled the Year 13 girls.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

The last of the NCEA examinations will be held next week.  Thank you to all of our junior students who have been considerate of seniors sitting exams while moving about the College and in particular around the Auditorium and upper quad areas.
This week we were privileged to welcome the White Ribbon Riders and while the weather meant that the visit was moved into the Dining Room, the acoustics of the space simply added to what is always a very special occasion.  Thank you to Seth Humpries and Xavier Kahukura-Davis for leading our student haka and to Polly Harper for speaking on behalf on the College.  Thank you to the local White Ribbon Ride coordiantors for once again including St Kevin's in the ride itinerary.
The inaugural meeting for the Appointment Committee for the COL (Community Of Learning) was held this week and we are looking forward to the benefits that this will bring to our community.  Both myself and Steven Bolstridge (BOT Chair) are part of the committee which will appoint a local principal to lead the COL in 2017.

Finally, today we greeted the Year 9 students who will join our College family in 2017.  Orientation Day can be a nervous day for some, but thanks to the senior students who acted as tour guides and the staff who worked with the students throughout the day, the relaxed and welcoming tone of the day proved very successful.  Thank you in particular to Ms Walshe and her team for the work that goes into preparing for this day each year.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Junior Performance Unit

Over the past couple of weeks our junior students have been creating and practising routines for the Junior Performance Unit.  This is part of their PE curriculum and is always fiercely contested!  Thank you to all the senior students and staff who have offered advice and guidance, our fabulous judges and congratulations to 9T and 10T who were the victors on the day!

NO Irrigation Company Scholarship

Congratulations to Meg Knowler, who is the recipient of the North Otago Irrigation Company scholarship.  Meg is off to Lincoln University to undertake a diploma of agriculture before heading to Tauranga's Bay of Plenty Polytech to complete a degree in marine and environmental science.  She is hopeful that her studies will lead her to work with the Department of Conservation, or similar.  Well done on your scholarship Meg, and all the best in your studies.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

White Ribbon Ride 2016

The weather may not have played it's part today the it didn't dampen the warm welcome that was extend to the White Ribbon Riders as they arrived at the College today.  Riders travel the country to raise awareness and speak out against family violence in our communities, and share inspirational stories of courage and change, in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on 25 November.

The South Island team of riders were greeted in the Dining Room with a passionately performed College haka before students and staff were asked to think about their own relationships, with their friends, their families and with others in our community.  Are they positive and encouraging?

Once again we extend our sincerest thanks to White Ribbon NZ for including the College and our students in the important initiative.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

White Ribbon Ride Ready

Mrs Fowler and our junior students have spent the afternoon making some yummy slices ahead of the White Ribbon Ride visit to the College this coming Thursday.    The riders are due to arrive at approximately 1.20pm and, as has now become the tradition, will share an afternoon tea hosted by our juniors.